Our Bodies

Bodies by Toshiyuki IMAI

Like so many things on a spiritual journey, we can experience our body in a vast range of ways. Most people experience their physical body and have an internal experience of thoughts and emotions. Some come to experience energy fields and auras, learning to see or feel them. Some notice their mind is like a field surrounding the entire body. And so forth. This leads to descriptions of 5 koshas, sheaths, or “bodies”; the food (physical), emotional, mental, intellect, and causal. In Brahman stage, you can come to see consciousness itself as a universal kosha. Add the field of creation … Continue Reading…

Some Math

Math bag by Quinn Dombrowski

This article explores some numeric correspondences that have deeper connections. Some of it is speculative. The 7th or crown chakra is composed of 1,000 petals. This chakra runs the opening and some activity of the 6 lower chakras but is mostly out of our awareness, much like many bodily functions. The chakras are managed by a set of 50 devata each, working together to create sutras of light (subtle geometry) and mantra (vibration) to produce experiences and form. There seem to be 50 sounds used by the 50 devata. Our human approximation of these sounds is the Sanskrit alphabet. There … Continue Reading…

Huston’s Yogas

Hindu Wedding Card by Parekh Cards

I’ve been reading Huston Smith’s World Religions for ordination studies. The book is well-written but dominated by recent academic perspectives of the topic. It offers a general overview of the larger faiths, but I wouldn’t base my practices on it. In the Hindu section, Houston outlines the primary Yogas or paths to union.     In brief, these are: – Hatha yoga is the path of the body – Karma yoga is the path of action and perception – Bhakti yoga is the path of devotion – Gyana or jnana yoga is the path of the intellect When I first … Continue Reading…